CBCA Younger Readers Notables 2021

 Read reviewThe Year the Maps Changed

The Year the Maps Changed

Danielle Binks

One extraordinary year will change them all...

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 Read reviewThe January Stars

The January Stars

Kate Constable

When twelve-year old Clancy and her fourteen-year-old sister, Tash, visit their Pa at his aged-care facility, they have no idea that the three of them will soon set out on an intrepid adventure.

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Aster's Good, Right Things

Aster’s Good, Right Things

Kate Gordon

Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn't think she's special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn't have left. And if she isn't careful, everyone else will leave her too.

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 Read reviewThe Heartsong of Wonder Quinn

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn

Kate Gordon

Wonder Quinn is a lonely orphan who lives in the attic of Direleafe Hall with only a gloomy crow for company. Every year she watches the other girls return to school, hoping to find a friend among them. And every year her heart...

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Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus

Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus

Steven Herrick

The sun is shining and today feels like an adventure, only one I can go on whenever I want because I have a bicycle and friends and a city just waiting to be explored.

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 Read reviewAcross the Risen Sea

Across the Risen Sea

Bren MacDibble

Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find...

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 Read reviewThe Republic Of Birds

The Republic Of Birds

Jessica Miller

From rising star Jessica Miller comes this richly imagined fantasy adventure, an unmissable addition to the genre for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.

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 Read reviewThe Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to...

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Worse Things

Worse Things

Sally Murphy, Sarah Davis

Worse Things is a story about connections, the ways they are made, and what happens when they are lost or illusive, from the award-winning author of Pearl Verses the World and Toppling.

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We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves

Katrina Nannestad

Sometimes it's good to be wild. Sometimes you have to be wild.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Library of Hummingbird House

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House

Julianne Negri

A brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.

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When This Bell Rings

When This Bell Rings

Allison Rushby

This story within a story within a story celebrates the creative art of storytelling.

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The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle

The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle

Pamela Rushby, Nelle May Pierce

A crumbling castle, a moat full of crocodiles, a catastrophe of kittens, and let's not forget the villains and the mummies! This rambunctious story has it all.

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Bindi

Bindi

Kirli Saunders, Dub Leffler

Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She's not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

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Haywire: The Dunera Boys

Haywire: The Dunera Boys

Claire Saxby

In 1939, 14-year-old Tom lives in Hay where his family runs the local bakery. Max Gruber is nearly 13. He is sent to his Uncle Ferdy in London, but is then interred and shipped to Australia aboard the Dunera. He arrives in Hay and...

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 Read reviewThe Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery

The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery

A.L. Tait

A maid with a plan. A squire with a secret. A missing jewel. A kingdom in turmoil.

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Dee White

Inspired by the true story of Muslims who saved the lives of Jewish children in the Second World War.

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 Read reviewThe Book of Chance

The Book of Chance

Sue Whiting

Chance is a black-and-white thinker until she realises that sometimes there are shades of grey.

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Her Perilous Mansion

Her Perilous Mansion

Sean Williams

In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms.

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